Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Flood Lite Night

We love having a large band, but one of the downsides is that we can't always get all seven of us together in the same room at the same time, especially during the busy holiday season. So The Flood has always had a tradition of smaller breakout combos. For instance, whenever we can assemble only four of us, we call it "Flood Plain." Any combination smaller than that is "Flood Lite." Last night was a Flood Lite night!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The New CD is Out!

The new CD is out, and we are so excited about it. It's our sixth CD in 15 years and our first live in concert album (cleverly called "Live, In Concert"). Recorded at a show in Huntington last January, the new disc is out just in time for Christmas, and you can order it right here online. Visit our website --  -- it has all you need to know. Here's a sample from the new album. We join in progress as Doug Chaffin and Paul Martin celebrate an exquisite Jay Ungar-Molly Mason composition, "Lovers' Waltz."

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Outlaw Blues

Sometimes the most memorable moment of an evening happens when you are waiting for something else to happen. Last night, as we were waiting for the Chick Singer to arrive, Doug, Paul, Randy and Charlie started noodling around with a nice, slow version of Bob Dylan's old album-filler "Outlaw Blues" and we ended up passing a lot of smiles around. Right in the middle of the tune, Michelle and her mama came in -- in the track, you can hear us saying howdy -- and Michelle jumped right in the mix. Sweet moment.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Some kind of Change....

We love that Midnight Special. So did Carl Sandburg, who published two versions in his 1927 "American Songbag," but it was from Lead Belly's recordings a couple decades later that we learned the tune. There's always been a bit of controversy over what it means for that "ever-lovin' light" to shine on you. Some folks says it's about some kind of salvation. Others think it means that dang train's about run you over. Either way, as Bob Dylan once said in another context, "imagine it would be some kind of change."

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Remembering Mississippi John Hurt

The great Mississippi John Hurt died 50 years ago today. We grew up loving this blues master's syncopated fingerpicking style, and his music has always been part of The Flood's DNA. One of John's songs -- "Payday" -- was on The Flood's first CD 16 years ago and it remains in our repertoire. In fact, just last night, as you'll hear, "Payday" opened the weekly rehearsal.